PETE JOHNSON: ‘READING CHAMPION’
Pete is an extremely popular author in schools and libraries. He can be contacted at:
WHAT PETE DOES:
He is best known for his highly interactive presentations, explaining how he gets his ideas, reading brief extracts from his books and giving some writing tips. Pete is happy with large groups.
PETE SAYS: ‘My aim is to communicate vividly just why I love words and reading books. I want the sessions to be really funny and hopefully find a way into reading for reluctant readers.’
Pete’s events are usually followed by a question and answer session and book signing.
OTHER POPULAR EVENTS
STARTING A SPOOKY STORY
Pete stimulates ideas and illustrates from his own books. This lasts approximately one hour.
SCHOOL BOOK CLUB
Interview Pete about titles groups have read.
Popular books with reading groups are:
‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’
‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’
‘THE GHOST DOG’
‘ TRAITOR ‘
Pete says, ‘The joys of getting totally lost in a book have transformed my life. Books have given me comfort and confidence. I have lots of ideas about how my books can be used creatively. I really admire the way so many schools are keen to create a culture of reading and am thrilled that so many feel my visits have played a key part in this.’
WHAT READING MEANS TO ME
‘The joys of becoming totally lost in a book have transformed my life. Books have given me comfort and confidence. They are a wonderful way of taking a break from real life – and yet also help you make sense of it.
I am really excited that so many schools are creating a culture of reading. Of course I am extremely keen to support this in any way I can.’
Pete can be contacted at:
Some recent feedback . . .
"It was thought to be the very best visit of any author to the school."
Dorothy Buck, Teacher/Librarian, Elmwood School, East Croydon.
"Pete’s visit was a roaring success."
Ingrid Ludgrove, Richard Hale School, Hertford.
"Some boys who never read reputedly cannot put your books down! Fantastic."
Gill Spears, Librarian, Bushey Hall School.
"After you left, the school was buzzing with excitement from your visit. I have been inundated with lovely comments from pupils saying how much they enjoyed your sessions and how they are desperate to read as many of your books as they can."
Perins School, Hampshire
"An inspirational visit. Thank you."
Burton Advantage Schools
"Your visit was a resounding success."
Hampton Community College, Hampton
"The feedback I have had has been extremely positive and a number of children have mentioned how keen they are to get down to some story writing. You have certainly inspired them."
Berkhamsted Collegiate School, Herts
[more on school and library visits . . .]
PETE TALKS TO PUPILS FROM TWENTY SCHOOLS
‘Pete held pupils from 20 local schools spellbound in a brilliantly organised event at Ruddock Hall at King Edward’s School, Birmingham.’
It was just one of the highlights in Pete’s busiest year ever.
Pete is based in Hertfordshire but travels all over the country. His lively, interactive talks have earned special praise. He also offers Creative Writing Workshops – including much-requested Ghost Story telling workshops. Pete works with both primary and secondary school pupils.
THE TWO HOUR BOOK-SIGNING FOLLOWING THE LAUNCH FOR ‘MY PARENTS ARE
OUT OF CONTROL,’ AT THE CRUCIBLE THEATRE, SHEFFIELD.
READING FOR PLEASURE – AND ME
to read Pete’s latest blog.